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WSOP November Nine Profile: Jason Senti

Posted at 17:25 2010-09-23

Over the coming weeks PokerNetwork will be taking a closer look at the men of the "November Nine" as we build up to the most eagerly-anticipated final table of the calendar year - the World Series of Poker Main Event!

Seat 1: JASON SENTI (St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA – 7,625,000)

With a little over 15 big blinds left in his stack, 29-year-old American professional poker player Jason Senti will have a lot to overcome at this year’s WSOP Main Event final table, but that’s not to say he’s no good when it comes to poker, nor does it make his story less interesting.

Senti (pronounced CENT-EYE) was born and raised in the town of Grand Forks, North Dakota and earned an Engineering degree at University while finding time to spend six months backpacking around Europe at the age of 19. Senti got his start in poker in unusual fashion – having just moved to Minnesota a few years ago and not knowing many people in the area, Senti found a way to cure his boredom through online poker.

Since then, Senti has turned his hobby into a profession, playing mostly heads-up and six-handed games on the virtual felt under the handle “PBJaxx”. While his live tournament results are few and far between, he has already had some WSOP success, making it to the third round of the $10,000 World Championship Heads-Up event in 2009, eventually cashing in 32nd place (US$17,987).

It has been reported that Senti has not logged as many hours online since making the November Nine, but Senti has been spending time with his wife, as well as singing for his band, Minneapolis. One can only presume that being on the final table of the 2010 WSOP Main Event would help them get a few more gigs around town.

AND ON THE EIGHTH DAY ...

Day 8 of the 2010 WSOP Main Event wasn’t the best day for Senti, who rarely got an opportunity to play and couldn’t find any action when he wanted it, even getting a walk in the big blind when he was dealt pocket kings! Senti then doubled up eventual 2010 November Nine “bubble boy” Brandon Steven after his {Kh}{Td} didn’t improve against Steven’s {Ac}{Kc} on a board that read {Qs}{5d}{8c}{As}{6h}.

He was never able to recover many chips from that point – his best result being a chopped pot with Canada’s Matthew Jarvis after both players made a nine-high straight, but Senti’s composure saw him hold up and eventually make it through to the long break.

It was a much better day on the felt for Senti during Day 7, when he emerged as one of the top five chip leaders, behind fellow November Niners Joseph Cheong and Soi Nguyen. Having only started the day with 970,000, Senti was able to double up twice through David Assouline, then crippled Matthew Bucaric before eliminating Michael Skender in 31st place (USD $255,242).

Skender min-raised from middle position before the flop and the action folded around to Senti who re-raised to 505,000. Skender four-bet shoved, Senti called and Skender flipped up {Kd}{Qd} and found himself racing for his tournament life against Senti’s {9h}{9c}. Skender did manage to hit on the flop of {Qh}{6c}{3h} and improved to two pair when a repeat {3d} appeared on the turn, but Senti struck gold when the {9d} fell on the river to give him a full house.

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